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Author Geiger, Jeffrey.

Title American documentary film : projecting the nation / Jeffrey Geiger
Published Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, [2011]
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Description 1 online resource ([xi], 275 pages) : illustrations
Contents Novelties, spectacles and the documentary impulse. Case studies: Blacksmith scene (1893), Buffalo dance (1894), Mess call (1896) -- Virtual travels and the tourist gaze. Case study: Nanook of the north (1922) -- Serious play: documentary and the avant-garde. Case study: Manhatta (1921) -- Activism and advocacy: the Depression era. Case study: The plow that broke the plains (1936) -- Idea-weapons: documentary propaganda. Case study: The Memphis Belle (1944) -- 'Uncontrolled' situations: direct cinema. Case study: Grey Gardens (1975) -- Relative truths: documentary and postmodernity. Case study: Tongues untied (1989) -- Media wars: documentary dispersion. Case study: Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)
Summary What key concerns are reflected in documentaries produced in and about the United States? How have documentaries engaged with competing visions of US history, culture, politics, and national identity? This book examines how documentary films have contributed to the American public sphere
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 242-262) and index
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Subject Documentary films -- United States -- History and criticism.
Documentary films -- United States -- History.
Motion pictures -- United States -- History.
National characteristics, American, in motion pictures.
United States -- In motion pictures.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0748629467 (electronic bk.)
9780748629466 (electronic bk.)